MDL Panel Orders Subset of MTel Cases to Delaware for Pretrial Proceedings

August 13, 2016

The Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has issued an order centralizing 14 cases involving Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC (MTel) for pretrial proceedings before District Judge Leonard Stark in Delaware. In early January, MTel filed separate complaints in Texas asserting three patents (5,590,4035,659,8915,915,210) against Bright HouseBrocade, CharterCox, HPE (Aruba Networks), Juniper Networks, and Time Warner Cable. Three months later, ARRIS, Bright House, and UBEE Interactive filed declaratory judgment actions in Delaware, shortly after which MTel filed affirmative complaints back in Texas against Aerohive, Firetide, Ruckus Wireless, UBEE, and Xirrus. Under the Panel’s order, all of these cases will now be transferred to Delaware where MTel’s accusations against the defendants’ 802.11 standard compliant products will proceed.

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